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About This School

Thomas W. Pyle Middle School is a public middle school in Bethesda. 1,291 students go to Thomas W. Pyle Middle School and identify mostly as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 4% of the Thomas W. Pyle Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 0.9% of the 1,291 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Thomas W. Pyle Middle School is 17:1. St. Bartholomews School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Mandarin
    • Russian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 75% 39%
Hispanic 7% 22%
Multiracial 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 23%
Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 15%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0.9% 27%
Limited English proficiency 4% 12%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Poster below -- to be clear Students need to score high enough on the state exams otherwise they're forced to stay after school for the next semester and prepare for the next state exam. This is for the benefit of the school not the student. The students learn very quickly that their education is entirely about state exams unless you get that rare teacher that truly cares. Those rare teachers (my child had two of them in the entire three years at Pyle made a huge difference (World Studies JWD Math LX English BP French JG.) Exceptional teachers who make a huge difference in the academic lives of the students and who are true educators.

  • (11 months ago)

    In some ways Pyle is a great school. The curriculum is excellent and rigorous if a little traditional. Most teachers are dedicated and caring. But be prepared for high expectations on students relentless pressure and over-emphasis on grades and testing. I get that the school tries to prepare students for the pressure and competitiveness of high school but it is too much pressure on kids too early. This school may be better than most but it does not attempt to meet the needs of young people. Rather It demands that students fit its mould. There is a belief that as Pyle is such a good school if a student is unhappy there must be something wrong with the student. There is no recess or outdoor time during the school day which is just terrible for students this age. Students often can't sit with friends even at lunch. At worst It is a rote learning factory churning out high performing hard working drones. But they will be prepared for the demands and high expectations of the local high school. The school isn't totally responsible for this educational culture - local parents demand the school set the bar high for students. But I've met many parents who question it too.

  • (12 months ago)

    This school is inconclusive no other word for it the English teachers drone on the front office is rude (They seem to speek in some wierd variation of morse code that involves tapping on the desk) avoid it at all costs alot of my fellow students are rude as well it's like no one here knows how to act halfway decent i'm thinking of leaving and going to Westland thigs seem much better there than at this poor school.

  • (1 year ago)

    omg the person below me is right. The front office is VERY RUDE. I have zero involvement with the school because of it. I think my kids are doing ok but it really it's just average and not worth 5 stars. If your first point of contact with the school is the front office and the interaction is so rude what does that say about the school.....

  • (1 year ago)

    Academically this school is first-rate. About half of the teachers through my child's time here were excellent and the other half were mediocre (especially the teachers who've been there for many many years). The counselors are superb! The front office -- if you ever have to do anything that requires you dealing with the people in the front office brace yourself for uncivil behavior including answering your questions with tapping on different parts of the desk to indicate a form that needs to be filled out (Hey lady I don't speak "tap" - USE YOUR WORDS!). Avoid the front office as much as possible.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is one of the best public school and anyone placing their kids in private schools here really has an issue(s)!!! Of course there are minuses (such as the Drama dept... very unexpected BAD reviews there take another elective and skip Mrs Cox OMG) but there are AMAZING teachers (walk on water amazing) and they really care about the kids their safety their learning styles etc... If your kids has ANY issue that needs to be addressed it will be. Their Special Ed department is unreal! They get kids from the brink back to straight As. My son attended 6 7 and 8th gr and I cannot thank them enough for their "gentle toughness" and their constant attention. Counselors rock (REALLY!) and even if the language department leaves much to be desired in terms of teacher quality you will not find a better math dept anywhere!!! The organization and parent contact and involvement also is fantastic. Go on ratemyteachers dot com and check out individuals. That's the only negative I can point out but if your child has an issue with a specific teacher they will address it! They are very accessible. Loved it.

  • (4 years ago)

    Pyle middle school has good teachers and to be honest is a pretty good school however I do not beleive it is outstanding. I beleive for a school to be above average it needs to really engage students. It fails. English (one of my favorite subjects) has become so extremely boring I'm starting to forget the point. I have never liked math either but last year at my old school I got an A. Here I can barely stay awake. Also parents tend to be somewhat deluded about kids. There are some really great students but I've never met students (and I'm not just speaking about those few extremely bad kids) that where so stunningly disrespectful or immature. Not even funny immature just really annoying. My parents say thats most kids that lived out of the country are more mature but going to school now feels like doomsday.

  • (4 years ago)

    Truly a very productive school. I only recently transfered here from another public school in the county and I couldn't be happier. The envoirment is so relaxed and there are very little bullies and reluctant students who want to do work. The teachers put work in a creative yet straitforward way. I wonder if thats just the way the cirricuclum is formed ir just the teachers. I haven't seen a teacher or student who isn't prepared to work (sadly with a few minnor exeptions). Not only that but the extra cirricular activities are astonding. The band sounds very well organized and professional unlike many other middle schools in the county which im sorry to say are not as high quality as this one.

  • (4 years ago)

    We are a blue ribbon school and Pyle has very few bullies thanks to their great no bullying programs. Go Panthers!

  • (4 years ago)

    You can't ask for more. I have had 3 kids go to this school and couldn't be happier. Level is extremely high if you are placed in top classes and the organisation of the school is superb. This is THE BEST of the countr. And it's free ) this is why houses near this school are so wanted. The school spends 14 thousand $ every year on each student

  • (4 years ago)

    this school is very productive. i especially enjoy and appreciate the hard work and dedication they put in. from the principal to the bodyguards this school is an overall plus. Maybe there is a few teachers better than others here and there but most of them care.

  • (5 years ago)

    Pyles good but there is a lot of preasure and tests!

  • (5 years ago)

    Excellent guidance staff and principal; skilled and dedicated teachers and an active parent community.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has high demands. They really have good planning and follow up regarding homework assessments etc. Great principal who has choosen the right staff all over in school. So dont move Mr Principal

  • (6 years ago)

    Pyle is very high in academics but that is all the teachers seem to care about. Even my Physical Education teacher only says that we must be the best school in the US. I think that we could use some more creativity and time to relax. I always get stressed out because of the pressure they put on all of the students here.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a very awesome school. As seventh grader unlike the person who said the school stinks. People are very welcoming to the school. The teachers are nice and you learn things from them.

  • (7 years ago)

    i belive pyle is a desent school. the only problems i have had are that there are not many school sports for example football baseball cheerleading etc. but the learning and teachers are nice. the students are also very freindly

  • (7 years ago)

    While Pyle school is to be commended for being Blue Ribbon it may have reached such acclaim at a huge price to students. The award is received for math and reading scores and this counts for only a small percentage of the student body. Teachers are unable to perform their tasks creatively because they need to make sure the students do well on the tests. The school follows a block schedule (90 minute blocks of class) and this is quite difficult for middle schoolers (and adults!) to sit without stretching. In addition recess has been eliminated and students are not permitted to move around the cafeteria during lunch. Not all teachers are dedicated. I have met teachers who love their job and those who don't and for the latter the behavior is reflected in the their lessons plans and interpersonal relationships with parents and students.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am very pleased to have my child go to this school. When she comes home most of the days she is happy that she had to get up so early because the teachers enlighten her day. All of the teachers seem to be good at what they are doing froom what she tells me. And she is in most of the afterschool programs which she says are really enjoyable. Though I am not envolved in the school day my child tells me the 411 as she calls it on what is going on so I do not worry about anything that goes on during the day. But over Thomas W. Pyle is a very good school and I think that anyone should send their child their if they want a fun school the has the right amount of education while allowing the children to prepare for High School or Whitman.

  • (9 years ago)

    Thomas W. Pyle is a great school for everyone. They have great classes for those who need to excel or people who need extra help. The teachers are also very skilled and teach in a very effective but pleasnt manor.

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